FABTECH 2024 Canada Panel- Women are Key to Creating New Workplace Cultures: Here鈥檚 How Employers Can Empower Them

June 6, 2024

Toronto, ON, June 6, 2024 鈥 With听听showing a steady decline for women advancing in the workplace, with almost 50% of women at entry levels and 28% at C-Suite ranks 鈥 and the numbers being lower for women of colour 鈥 a panel of women in manufacturing will explore what can be done to transform workplaces of tomorrow.

The panelists will share their insights at听, the premier event for the metal fabricating industry, taking place this year at the Toronto Congress Centre from June 11 to 13. The session, entitled听How Associations and Employers can Empower Women to Create New Workplace Cultures听gets underway on June 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Moderated by听Daniela Todaro,听General Manager of Cambridge, ON-based Bothwell Steel,听Samuel, Son & Co., the panel includes听Rebecca Sanguigni,Manager of Strategy & Corporate Development at Etobicoke, ON-based Metalogics,听Jen Coulson, Trader for Brampton, ON-based Triple M Metal, and听Marissa McMurray, Regional Communications Manager, USA for Pittsburgh, PA-based Hatch.

The panel will address the current state of workplace cultures and the unique challenges women face, while highlighting the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in fostering innovative and resilient work environments. It will explore strategies for how employers can implement a supportive atmosphere for women, and practical solutions for how professional associations can support leadership training, mentorship programs, and听strategies for addressing unconscious bias in the workplace.

鈥淏y fostering dialogue and sharing knowledge, we can create positive change and build more inclusive workplace cultures,鈥 said Todaro, who also serves as President on the board of the Association for Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) Toronto Chapter. 鈥淚t鈥檚 crucial to create spaces where women can thrive and contribute their unique perspectives to the industry,鈥 she added, explaining that the panelists will also share their personal experiences, insights, and best practices for creating supportive environments where women can succeed and advance in their careers.

鈥淚'm excited to share my experiences with supportive workplace cultures and explore how companies can further support women,鈥澨齭aid McMurray, who also acts as International Marketing Chair for the AWMI.

This session is sponsored by the AWMI and the CWB.

For event information and to register for FABTECH Canada, visit听.


FABTECH is Canada鈥檚 largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event. The event provides a convenient, 鈥無ne-stop-shop鈥 venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity and increase profits. FABTECH Canada is organized by event partners SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Associations (PMA) and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to FABTECH. Read more about FABTECH鈥檚 event partners听.